US agency lifts ban on Kenya carnation imports

The United States has allowed the importation of previously banned carnation from Kenya without any restrictions in what local flower farmers say is a hugely welcome boost to the horticultural market.

The US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) said it would allow the importation of carnation cuttings from Kenya without post-entry quarantine requirements as long as they will pose no disease or pests threats to the US.

“We are notifying the public that we are updating the US Department of Agriculture Plants for Planting Manual to allow the importation of Dianthus spp. cuttings (carnations) from Kenya without postentry quarantine, subject to certain conditions,” said the APHIS in the notice.

“We are taking this action in response to a request from this country and after determining that the cuttings can be imported, under certain conditions, without resulting in the introduction into, or the dissemination within, the United States of a plant pest.”

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